Superdelegates = Death of the Democratic Party / by Chel Wolverton

Superdelegates. I didn't know what they were until this primary started. The more I learn, the less I like them. It's not the people that I particularly mind. It's more the fact that they have the distinct ability to take away my vote. And yours.

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Clinton supporters apparently delivered a threat to the Speaker Nancy Pelosi that she should back off the idea that the superdelegates should listen to the voters and vote for the candidate with the most number of delegates.

While the supporters are pointing the finger at Pelosi and saying that "none of us should make declarative statements that diminish the importance of their voices and their votes", if they convince the superdelegates to do anything but vote on the candidate with the most votes, then hundreds of thousands of votes, including mine and yours will not count in the primaries after all.

I'm sure that the suggestion came from Hillary's camp and how could they? They are playing this campaign like any other politician would. They've dismissed the voters and seem to only care about winning the nomination. One of the reasons why Obama's campaign has been so successful is because he brings us hope that we can leave these type of influencers behind and have someone who truly represents the people.

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Our country is already torn apart as we try to get through a wreck economy and a war that is ending lives every day, but hear this warning. If the candidate that wins the most votes in the primaries does not get the Democratic nomination, it will destroy the Democratic party. It will be a repeat of the Supreme Court deciding the President of the United States is George W. Bush and not Al Gore.

Many of us felt helpless then, we don't have to be now. If you disagree with this letter and it's contents, please go to Moveon.org or OpenLeft.com to sign this petition and make a statement that you want your vote to count.

Here is the full text of the letter to Speaker Pelosi, judge for yourself:

March 26, 2008

The Honorable Nancy Pelosi Speaker of the US House of Representatives Office of the Speaker H-232, US Capitol Washington, DC 20515

Dear Madame Speaker,

As Democrats, we have been heartened by the overwhelming response that our fellow Democrats have shown for our party’s candidates during this primary season. Each caucus and each primary has seen a record turnout of voters. But this dynamic primary season is not at an end. Several states and millions of Democratic voters have not yet had a chance to cast their votes.

We respect those voters and believe that they, like the voters in the states that have already participated, have a right to be heard. None of us should make declarative statements that diminish the importance of their voices and their votes. We are writing to say we believe your remarks on ABC News This Week on March 16th did just that.

During your appearance, you suggested super-delegates have an obligation to support the candidate who leads in the pledged delegate count as of June 3rd , whether that lead be by 500 delegates or 2. This is an untenable position that runs counter to the party’s intent in establishing super-delegates in 1984 as well as your own comments recorded in The Hill ten days earlier:

“I believe super-delegates have to use their own judgment and there will be many equities that they have to weigh when they make the decision. Their own belief and who they think will be the best president, who they think can win, how their own region voted, and their own responsibility.’”

Super-delegates, like all delegates, have an obligation to make an informed, individual decision about whom to support and who would be the party’s strongest nominee. Both campaigns agree that at the end of the primary contests neither will have enough pledged delegates to secure the nomination. In that situation, super-delegates must look to not one criterion but to the full panoply of factors that will help them assess who will be the party’s strongest nominee in the general election.

We have been strong supporters of the DCCC. We therefore urge you to clarify your position on super-delegates and reflect in your comments a more open view to the optional independent actions of each of the delegates at the National Convention in August. We appreciate your activities in support of the Democratic Party and your leadership role in the Party and hope you will be responsive to some of your major enthusiastic supporters.

Sincerely,

Marc Aronchick Clarence Avant Susie Tompkins Buell Sim Farar Robert L. Johnson Chris Korge Marc and Cathy Lasry Hassan Nemazee Alan and Susan Patricof JB Pritzker Amy Rao Lynn Forester de Rothschild Haim Saban Bernard Schwartz Stanley S. Shuman Jay and Tracy Snyder Maureen White and Steven Rattner